Yup. That’s right. Still running.
Running through the fatigue. It’s possible, I’m telling you. 😉 A little bit of tape and ice has vastly helped the knees as well.
I felt so energetic when I woke up today. A bit earlier than intended – my cat was hungry and decided to take a nice sharp-little-paw walk on my stomach.
(And my stomach muscles where pretty darn sore from yesterday’s gym time.)
I’ve taken a bit more relaxed attitude towards my training plan. No use pushing myself too far and ending up unable to run for a while.
That said, today I felt like running. Like I really really just wanted to go. I didn’t feel like easy and steady (or the 13k prescribed by The Plan.)
I decided to just start running and see what happened.
I did pavement, I did trails. I did a whole kilometre solely uphill on sandy pine forest trails and a couple of steep hills.
I did the riverside.
And the grasslands.
It was the perfect warm but overcast running weather.
And I felt like flying!
I started off way faster than I ever would on a 13 kilometre run. It’s been ages since I’ve felt the run immediately off the bat. It just happened right away. I felt the world fade away and I ran.
By the end of the second kilometre I knew it would be a fast one. So I just decided to try for a five kilometre tempo run…
Voilà! By the end of the five I slowed down a bit for a cool down kilometre, but a minute or so into it I felt like I really wanted to keep going.
So I did.
The 8th kilometre was completely uphill. At one point steep enough that I nearly walked, but after that I kept on passing other runners. 🙂
I called it a day at the ten kilometre mark (a little bit more than the 5km tempo run I’d promised myself :p) and realised I’d just run my personal best for 10k at 53.46!
Take that post-HM fatigue! 😉
(My PB for 5km from last summer didn’t get broken though.)
I was so pumped on runner’s high that even though I started walking homewards (and snapping photos on the way back) after the first kilometre I did a kind of jogging walk back…
Um. For 6 kilometres. :p I recorded it Endomondo as “walking” but it was more of a light jog with frequent walk breaks when a particularly good song came on and I felt like belting it out. Loudly. (I got a couple of weird looks as I was dripping with sweat, smiling like an idiot and singing Dancing Queen off key.)
So I’m not sure if to count this as a 10k tempo run or a 16k easy run… Or. A pseudo fartlek seeing as how I did all sorts of terrain, hills, speed and slow and steady.
Oooh! And I had a fox run across the trail at one point! 😀 Beats snakes and dogs, definitely.